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January 23, 2018 3:39 PM

Influenza (Flu) is Widespread

Influenza (Flu) is widespread, and Wyoming has not been spared. As of week 1 of 2018, there were 1452 diagnosed cases of flu in the state and 72 cases in Campbell County.

Influenza (FLU) is a contagious RESPIRATORY illness that can cause mild to severe illness and even death.

Influenza Symptoms
Comes on Suddenly
Fever
Cough
Muscle or Body Aches
Headaches
Fatigue
Sore Throat
Runny or Stuffy Nose
Can Last 1-3 weeks

Individuals Who are More Likely to Experience Severe Flu Illness
Young Children
Adults 65 and Older
Pregnant Women
People with Chronic Medical Conditions—Heart Disease, Diabetes, COPD, Asthma, or other Respiratory Diseases

Complications of the Flu
Pneumonia
Sinus Infections
Ear Infections
Co-bacterial Infections
Sepsis—The body’s severe response to wide spread infection throughout body tissues and organs
Inflammation of the heart, brain, and muscle tissues
Multi-Organ Failure—including respiratory and kidney
Asthma Attacks
Worsening of Chronic Heart Disease
Death

How to Prevent the Flu
Get a Flu Shot
Wash Your Hands Often with Soap and Warm Water for 20 Seconds
If Soap and Water is Not Available Use Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer
Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose, and Mouth
Stay Away from Sick People
If You are Sick, Limit Contact with Others
If You are Sick, Stay Home for at Least 24 Hours After Your Fever is Gone without Using Fever-Reducing Medicine
If Children are Sick, Keep Them Home for at Least 24 Hours After Their Fever is Gone without Using Fever-Reducing Medicine
Cover Nose and Mouth When Coughing or Sneezing—Throw Tissues in the Trash After Using
Clean and Disinfect Surfaces and Objects Frequently

Reference
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2017). Influenza (Flu). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/

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